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Solar Hot Water Heater - A Great Way To Save Energy

Jun 6, 2008
There are two thoughts when it comes to a solar hot water heater, depending on the location your hoping to put the hot water, solar panels might not be required. Nevertheless, to provide hot water through your entire home a solar hot water heater must be connected to an adequate number of solar panels to charge your batteries once the hot water usage is completed.

Active and Passive Systems

There are usually two kinds of systems: active and passive with active systems incorporating pumps and other types of controls whereas the passive systems doesn't need such accessories. Typically in a solar hot water heater the heat will transfer the water into pipes or other types of storage systems then it is exposed it to sunlight, heating the water contained in the pipes. It is moved to storage tank by various pumps in an active system whereas gravity is normally used to move the water in a passive system.

In a solar hot water heater the storage tank needs to be very well insulated to keep the water's heat level elevated.. In numerous systems there are two tanks where water is heated using the collectors and then it is moved to a separate water heater that is electric of gas fired to further heat the water until a person needs to use it.

Because of the preheating the energy level can be kept low within the water. But in cases when the heating panel is hooked with the solar heater system, the heating cost tends to be negligible.

Having a Backup System

No matter how successful your system might be, having a backup for your solar hot water heater is going to be required. Because you will use hot or warm water daily, even when the days are cloudy, you will wish to have a traditional hot water heating system for the days when sun is not shining so clearly through the clouds.

Without one, you can plan on having a cold shower periodically. Particularly in colder climates as even if the sun is shining, you might end up running out of water prior to rinsing off all the soap.

If you have a plan to install a solar hot water heater, it would be best if you have it installed through a qualified and skilled contractor who has some experience installing these types of appliances. Many passive systems depend on the water temperature to move water to the storage tank as cold water sinks to the bottom and hot water ends up rising to the top. An unqualified installer might end up making mistakes and as a result you have a hot water supply that is severely diminished.
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Listen to Corbin Newlyn as he shares his insights as an expert author and an avid writer in the field of home appliances. If you would like to learn more go to Rheem Water Heater advice and at Water Heater Services tips.
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